2011 Bay Area Year In Review

(KTSF by Sean Au)

San Francisco saw its first elected Asian American mayor Ed Lee. He says, “As a Chinese American, I am well aware of our community’s long and troubled and proud history in the city.”

Lee had been the City Administrator for years. After Gavin Newsom was elected Lieutenant-Governor, Lee was appointed to fill the interim post. He had promised not to run for the City’s top job, but decided to run for election and won by a good margin. So far, he has improved the working relationship between the Mayor’s Office and the Board of Supervisors, and together they have removed some $400 million from the budget deficit.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was sworn in as the City’s first woman and Asian mayor in January after winning by a small margin over her closest opponent in ranked choice voting. After a half year in office, the mayor’s Police Chief Anthony Batts resigned due to differences with the mayor over how to run the police department. The violent crackdown of the Occupy protests in Oakland, as well as Quan’s handling of the port shutdown by protesters, have drawn much criticism. There are now plans to recall Quan. “I think they could get the signatures. I hope that they don’t. It will divide the city and take a lot of energy away,” says Quan. “My 11-month record is not perfect, but pretty strong.”

In the state legislature, South Bay state assemblyman Paul Fong’s AB376 proposed ban to  import, ownership and selling of shark fin raised controversy in the Chinese community. The bill was ultimately passed and will take effect in 2012. Businesses and restaurants with supplies of shark fin will have a 1.5-year grace period to sell or get rid of their stock.

In crime, January 30, 2011 saw a double homicide allegedly committed by shopkeeper, Hong Ri Wu, in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The victims were 2 Chinese shop owners of a neighboring store.

On October 5, 2012 a disgruntled employee at Lehigh cement plant near Cupertino, fired into a room of 15 colleagues, killing 3 and injuring 7. San Jose resident Shareef Allman was located by police the next day in Sunnyvale and died under the gunfire of police officers.

Also on October 5, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. Apple fans around the world mourn the loss of Jobs, who changed the lives of many through technology.

(Copyright 2011 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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